Dr. Ira Mandel and the Knox County Recovery Coalition hold a Community Conversation at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. to respond to the current opiate addiction epidemic. The goal of this meeting is to unite neighbors by joining the effort with local involvement.

The effects of the drug addiction epidemic have put families in crisis and have torn apart communities in Knox County. Needles and syringes are littering yards, streets and parks in every town. Babies are born addicted at alarming rates and 10 percent of teens and young adults are addicted here, as throughout New England.

Deaths of young people are doubling every year, with two or threedeaths every month in Knox County. It truly takes a village to heal the effects of drug addiction and to insulate more youth from becoming statistics.

Visit knoxrecovery.org or call 558-3525 for more information.